TRIPOLI, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - The Libyan National Army (ANL) of Commander Khalifa Hafeast-based tar clashed with Chadian rebel forces in southern Libya on Tuesday and Wednesday, both sides said.
Fighting highlights the risk of further instability in the Sahel region, where a range of groups operate across s and fighting has created space for militant organizations.
Statements from the ANL, which holds most of eastern and southern Libya, said it was engaged in military operations against what it called terrorist groups and the Chadian opposition.
The rebel group Front for Change and Concorde in Chad (FACT) said via social media that her positions had been attacked by Haftar 's forces, fighting alongside what she said were Sudanese mercenaries and French troops.
The LNA said it had carried out air strikes and carried out air patrols. FACT said French airstrikes hit its positions.
The French army said it had no ground force or in the air in this area.
FACT was based in Libya and fought alongside the ANL during times of civil war in Libya, receiving heavy weapons from Haftar, researchers said. learn more
In April, FACT advanced into northern Chad, fighting the army there. Chadian authorities said President Idriss Deby, who had ruled for 30 years, was killed in the clashes. His son took over the transitional presidency.
The ANL, which hassupported in the Libyan conflict by the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Egypt, also used fighters from Sudan and Syria as well as those provided by the Russian group Wagner, a UN agency said a panel of experts.
The United Arab Emirates deployed drone strikes in support of the ANL during its foiled offensive of 14 months to capture Tripoli, which ended last year. The US military said Russia sent planes to Libya last year to support ANL operations.
The main fighting in the civil war in Libya has been halted since the end of the ANL offensive last year and the two sides have agreed to a ceasefire, an interim unity government and the idea of elections, although mercenaries remain entrenched on both sides.
France is inserviced in the Sahel in 2013, sending forces to help fight militants in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad, but impatient with political unrest and said in July it would halve its numbers compared to the 5,000 then deployed. Report from Hfrance.fr Libya Newsroom, additional report by John Irish in Paris and Bate Felix in Dakar, edited by William Maclean
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